Grading the Browns’ 2014 free agent signings

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Updated: February 9, 2015
BenTate

Despite a disastrous past six weeks for the Cleveland Browns, March could be kinder to the franchise. General manager Ray Farmer, for all his text-messaging problems and potential bust picks on two first-rounders in the same draft, showed a deft touch last free agency, picking up players to supplement a draft-first roster. I graded the Browns’ six biggest free agency signings from a year ago, and only one (Ben Tate) garnered a C grade or below. (Hat tip to ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley for the idea — he recently graded Baltimore signings from a year ago)

Let’s get right to it.

Player: Linebacker Karlos Dansby

Contract: Signed a four-year, $24-million deal on March 11 worth $14 million guaranteed

Verdict: Dansby eased into a leadership role on the defense and produced on the field with 93 tackles, three sacks and an interception in 12 games. Dansby will be 34 in November and still has three years and $14 million scheduled on his contract. The Browns will monitor any decline in production as Dansby reaches his NFL twilight, but he showed minimal signs of slowing down and seems a good fit for Mike Pettine’s scheme. Missing four games in the second half of the season with a knee injury keeps Dansby from pushing for an A grade.

Grade: B

Read More: ESPN

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